The historic Inglewood Sentinels football season came to a disappointing conclusion one in the CIF-Southern Section Division 13 semifinals, but the Sentinels 12-1 campaign after a 0-10 season in 2018 was a tremendous success.
That success resulted in two Inglewood players signing official Letters of Intent for Division 1 colleges before the end of 2019 and the school hosted a special signing ceremony for the players in the school auditorium on Dec. 18.
Montana Lemonious-Craig, better known around campus as “Mr. Inglewood” announced that he’s attending Colorado University.
“I don’t really have too much to say, but I want to say thank you to everybody that supported me. It’s been a long long journey, I’ve been here all four years through thick and thin and I was to give a shout out the my family first and foremost, God and the coaching staff here at Inglewood that pushed me every day. If it wasn’t for them (my coaching staff) I would not be the player that I am today,” Craig said.
Craig finished his career with his best season, playing on both sides of the ball. He caught 41 passes for 1,227 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 60 tackles, including 38 solos and also had 6 interceptions.
Jared Heywood transferred to Inglewood and turned in a record breaking season, throwing for 4,196 yards and 70 touchdowns, averaging 349 yards per game and finishing with a remarkable 144 quarterback rating. Heywood will be attending Rhode Island University.
“A year ago I had no offers and I had nobody talking to me and all I could do was continue to work hard,” said Heywood. “I had always dreamed of playing college football.”
Coach Mil’von James praised both of his two-standout performers, but was optimistic that 2020 will have a stage flush with collegiate signees.